Beveridge appointed as Edinburgh BT Sport Academy Manager

Scottish Rugby has today appointed a full-time BT Sport Academy Manager for Edinburgh.

Graeme BeveridgeGraeme Beveridge, who won six caps for Scotland at scrum-half between 2000 and 2005, joins from his post as Glasgow Warriors’ Rugby Operations Manager, and will continue the work of current manager Grant McKelvey, who takes on a new role in the business.

His appointment sees McKelvey become Talent Identification and Performance Projects Manager, working across the academies and with Scotland’s age-grade sides to improve the country's talent identification process by developing our own structures and sharing best practice with other sports in Scotland and elsewhere in the world.

Today’s announcement is the latest development in the national role-out of the BT Sport Academies and follows the appointment of the Caledonia (Bruce Frame) and West (Jamie Dempsey) managers back in October.

Beveridge said: “This is an incredible opportunity to be at the forefront of developing young Scottish rugby players.

“I’m looking forward to working with the Academy team and building on the success of the current Regional Academy and Elite Development Player (EDP) programmes in Edinburgh that have seen the likes of Matt Scott, Dougie Fife, Tom Brown and Grant Gilchrist come through and win caps in recent years.

To begin with, I’d like to identify core levels of attainment that will help players in the Academy achieve the standards that are required to move into the professional game. 

“I would like Academy players in Edinburgh to be students of the game and to know their positions inside-out.

“My role at Glasgow has given me a really good understanding of where the professional game in Scotland is at and the high standards that must be reached for players to be involved at that level.

“There are good players coming through and it’ll be my job to ensure we continue, working closely with our clubs and schools, to improve the output and the quantity of talent reaching the professional game.

“I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my time at Glasgow Warriors and I look forward to continuing to help them achieve their objectives until I move.”

Beveridge played for Glasgow between 2002 and 2007 and made 118 appearances for the Guinness PRO12 side. He was part of the Scotland squad at the 2003 Rugby World Cup in Australia.

After leaving the Warriors he moved to Bristol Rugby before taking a job as a Private Wealth Consultant in the city. He then returned to Glasgow. 

Stephen Gemmell, Scottish Rugby's Head of Academy and Performance Programmes, said: “I’m delighted to welcome Graeme into our new BT Sport Academy. His experience gained from playing at the highest-level make him a strong addition to our staff.

His recent role with Glasgow Warriors has also meant he has gained a good understanding of what it takes to be successful on and off the pitch in the professional game and he has contributed to this on a day-to-day basis. His skills and experience will be invaluable in his Academy Manger role, as he works with his staff to develop the next generation of players.

He continued: “In terms of Grant’s appointment, we acknowledge that we need to improve how we identify Scottish talent, and Grant's experience of playing and coaching different levels of the game will add a lot of value in this area.

“His past work developing players makes him the ideal candidate to implement and lead a new structure.

“He will look at how other sports in Scotland recruit promising young players and learn from their methods.”

Glasgow Warriors Head Coach, Gregor Townsend, said: "Graeme has made a big contribution to the club and we're sorry to see him go.

His appointment coincided with a great run of games for us. 

"We'd like to thank him for all his hard work and we wish him all the best in his new role when he leaves the club."

There are a series of BT Sport Academy, regional fixtures that are still to be played between now and Christmas, which will play a major part in identifying recruits for the Academies. They are as follows:

  • Tuesday 9 December: Caledonia v Edinburgh (under-18), Countesswells, Aberdeen kick-off 2pm
  • Wednesday 10 December: Borders v Glasgow (under-18), Meadowmill, East Lothian kick-off 7pm
  • Wednesday 17 December: Borders v Glasgow (under-20), Beveridge Park, Kirkcaldy, kick-off 6pm
  • Wednesday 17 December: Caledonia v Edinburgh (under-20), Beveridge Park, Kirkcaldy, kick-off 7.30pm
  • Monday 29 December: Caledonia v Glasgow (under-20), Lochinch, Glasgow, kick-off 6pm
  • Monday 29 December: Edinburgh v Borders (under-20), Lochinch, Glasgow, kick-off 7.30pm